The Baltimore Ravens will take on the Indianapolis Colts in Week 16. In this game of two teams heading in opposite directions, one of the best matchups to watch will be on special teams, particularly the kickers. Adam Vinatieri, one of the NFL’s most clutch kickers of all-time, will take on Justin Tucker, who is, arguably, the best kicker in the league right now.
Throughout his 22-year career, Vinatieri has made 554 out of 656 field goal attempts. He has scored 2,462 points. Not to mention, Vinatieri has the most field goals in overtime with 12.
There is a reason he is known as the most clutch kicker in NFL history, as he has 56 postseason field goals, which is the most all-time. Vinatieri is largely responsible for the beginning of the New England Patriots dynasty as he nailed the game-winning field goal in the infamous "Tuck Rule" game against the Oakland Raiders in the divisional round, while clinching the Patriots Super Bowl XXXVI and XXXVIII wins with field goals in the final seconds.
Ravens fans know him too well thanks to his five field goals he hit in the 2006 Divisional Playoff at M&T Bank Stadium as the Colts defeated Baltimore 15-6. He almost singlehandedly took down perhaps the best Ravens team in the history of the franchise.
Although Tucker has only been in the league for six years, he has made quite a name for himself. You can make the case he's already surpassed Matt Stover as the best kicker in Ravens history. Tucker has made 192 out of 214 field goals attempts, which puts him at 89-percent. As of right now, he is the most accurate kicker in NFL history.
Tucker doesn't have as many memorable postseason game-winning field goals as Vinatieri does, but Tucker does have a ‘clutch gene’. Tucker hit a game-winning 61-yard field goal against the Detroit Lions on Monday Night Football back in 2013. His lone game-winning playoff field goal was one for the ages for Ravens fans, as Tucker nailed a 47-yard field goal in double overtime to upset the Denver Broncos, and send Baltimore back to the AFC Championship game.
With rain in the forecast for Saturday, this game could come down to these two great kickers. If this game turns out be a low scoring affair, it should be a fun duel between Vinatieri and Tucker.